Tuesday, March 3, 2015

"Blue, blue, love is blue"


For John, BLUFThe Subject is from Amour est Blue.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Here at Business Insider is an article by Mr Kevin Loria, "No one could see the color blue until modern times".  Pretty interesting.

In the Odyssey, Homer famously describes the "wine-dark sea." But why "wine-dark" and not deep blue or green?

In 1858, a scholar named William Gladstone, who later became the Prime Minister of Great Britain, noticed that this wasn't the only strange color description. Though the poet spends page after page describing the intricate details of clothing, armor, weaponry, facial features, animals, and more, his references to color are strange. Iron and sheep are violet, honey is green.

So Gladstone decided to count the color references in the book. And while black is mentioned almost 200 times and white around 100, other colors are rare. Red is mentioned fewer than 15 times, and yellow and green fewer than 10. Gladstone started looking at other ancient Greek texts, and noticed the same thing — there was never anything described as "blue." The word didn't even exist.

How sad for them.

Hat tip to Lynne Lupien, on Facebook.

Regards  —  Cliff

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